5つ星のうち4.0The Ides Of March makes politics look like an intense game a chess.
The Ides Of March makes politics look like an intense game a chess. Democrats vs Republicans. Honestly surprised we don't have more films about political debates! The reason why I compared this to chess was due to the intelligent methodology that these campaigns used against each other. A glimpse into the inner workings of a political campaign and how simply one mistake could cost a senator the presidential seat. Acknowledging every move your opponent makes and having to predict what they will do. Most importantly though, this is a film about loyalty and how it is the most important trait to acquire in the world of politics. Believing in an idealism even if the man representing that ideology is not entirely innocent or perfect. This is George Clooney's baby; he directed, wrote, produced and starred in the film...I was mightily impressed. The political sub-genre is a guilty pleasure of mine and really showcases some excellent concise screenplays. It's no different here, I was captivated from start to end. A talented and likeable cast certainly helped, particularly Ryan Gosling who just keeps on excelling in every role he gets. Hoffman, Clooney, Giamatti, Tomei...the list goes on and every one of them gives a cold stern performance. Politics is harsh and the screenplay really hones in on campaigns doing anything they can to win. Corruption, persuasion, blackmailing...the brutal reality of politics have negative effects on campaigners, so much so that their lives could potentially be destroyed. Absolutely fascinating, although slightly hyperbolic. I did find the ending slightly underwhelming and frustrating, probably because it's the ending I didn't want. However, this is utterly enthralling with a tight script and excellent cast. I would like to live in a world where George Clooney runs for president. Make it happen.
I enjoyed this but I am also currently watching House of Cards and can't help but compare. If House of Cards (either old or new versions) had never existed, this would be great and I would have given it 4 stars.
This is a story of a man (Ryan Gosling) working on a campaign for a governor (Clooney) to run on the Democratic nomination for the Whitehouse. It's about losing idealism, watching your idols fall and being ruthlessly ambitious. For me, not enough happened to really attract my interest and the characters weren't enough of anything to like or hate.
It occurred to me later that it's rare to see a film about part of a process, especially a minor part. It felt like a trailer for a TV show, albeit a promising one which is probably what got me thinking about House of Cards which is again what disappointed me. It needed more twists and turns, it needed a bigger stage, it needed MORE!
Ok but I wouldn't bother buying, wait till it's on TV.
I watched this for the second time today, and this movie - which did not impress me much at all first time around - I enjoyed a lot. Considering the cast contains Ryan Gosling, George Clooney (who also directs), Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffery Wright and the criminally underrated Paul Giamatti, plus Evan Rachel Wood as sweet eye candy, you would expect to enjoy it.
Set amongst the US political campaigning environment, it gives you largely what you'd expect. People that work with one another but can use and abuse each other without a second thought, appearances and impressions are more important and essential than moral fibre or integrity. I often wonder if any form of integrity exists in the corridors of power in any country any more.
Good performances, not the cleverest of screenplays but an enjoyable, even though not memorable, movie.
5つ星のうち4.0Maybe Clooney more mature and classic film
A very good film that is maybe the more mature directed by Clooney. After Confessions and Good Night, he now prefer not to show he's got style behind the camera, but that he's got balance and do not feel ashamed to make a balanced film, where there are not outstanding scenes or any stylish exhibition. He became more classic and yet sharper and more effective. His portray of American Politics is not average or easily antipolitics, but a cold, firm and clever narration of an entire system of values that is based on hypocrisy and either kill or integrate who live and works within it. So Clooney and Gosling are two sides of the same coin. Clooney is so good at describing the dynamics and the everchanging balance inside this system, where you never can trust anyone and the only way to make it is doing what it takes to overcome and prevail onto others. Some did not like it because they think it was weak, while I call it balanced and classic. Qualities that make you look deeper and not talk loud or show off to tell people what you saw.
This was an interesting film. I will admit i bought it soley because of the 2 main actors.
This essentially tells the story of a Governor who is up for re-election and he has aspirations to go all the way to the white house. Ryan plays his campaign advisor/press secretary. It touches on the seedy underbelly of politics and corruption.